Digital Media Production

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The Digital Media Production Program is a limited-access, cutting-edge program designed to prepare students for the rapidly changing world of digital media. With the proliferation of digital video cameras and desktop editing software, digital video production has burst through the confines of television studios and Hollywood conventions, allowing small teams of people to create visual material that is distributed across a host of media, from traditional television broadcasting to the emerging power of podcasting.

Digital Media Production students learn the foundation skills of shooting digital video, recording sound and using lighting for dramatic effect. Alongside these traditional elements, students also learn to use contemporary post production software including AVID, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop and AfterEffects, and a suite of 3D animation software. These tools, combined with a theoretical background in visual storytelling, prepare students for work in industries ranging from film and television, sports media, local production studios and emerging jobs related to streaming video and on-line productions.

The Digital Media Production Program includes both an undergraduate major and a graduate certificate. Many of the Media Production Courses are cross-listed as both undergraduate and graduate offerings, with additional requirements of graduate students. Our Production Facilities offer students state-of-the-art equipment on which to learn their craft. Our faculty and staff bring a wealth of experience as well as scholarly expertise.

The undergraduate major is typically a two-year program with an emphasis in one of two areas: Documentary and Public Affairs or Sports Media. A specific program of courses will be developed with an advisor after admission to the program. Sample programs show a typical course load.

Our graduate certificate may be completed as part of a graduate degree program at FSU or as a stand-alone certificate, but a separate application — in addition to the FSU graduate school application — must be completed and approved in order to gain admission to the program. Regardless of whether applicants to the graduate certificate program are seeking a graduate degree or a stand-alone certificate, they must have completed a bachelor’s degree; undergraduate students are not eligible for admission.